Song of the day (1st March) – Alaw ft. Gwilym Bowen Rhys – Lisa Lân (Fair Lisa).

Hi! 🙂

Yesterday it was Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Saint David’s Day) in Wales, saint David is the patron saint of Wales, and so I thought the song for yesterday should be in Welsh, although pity I wasn’t able to post it on time.

This is definitely one of my most favourite songs (if not the most favourite) released last year. The band Alaw (alaw means melody in Welsh) is a folk band and they invited some guests for their last album “Dead Man’s Dance” and one of them was my current crush – Gwilym Bowen Rhys, who sings two songs on this album. Lisa Lân is a traditional Welsh love song, one of the first traditional Welsh songs I’ve ever heard and then learnt by heart just to improve my language skills when I didn’t have that much resources. My Swedish teacher told me to learn as many things as possible by heart in my target languages and in his opinion things like songs or poems are the best and I really think it has improved all of my languages more or less.

The first performance of this song I’ve heard was harp arrangement by Catrin Finch, then some others, many really great versions, but… Gwilym’s is just so stunning!!! When I first heard it I almost cried, so moved I was.

Because this tune is in Welsh I’ll share the English translations

as well, they’re from Wikipedia.

Literal translation:

 

I have loved you many times
Yes many an hour in prolonged tenderness
I have kissed you mysterious Lisa
And your company was better than honey.

My pure bough, my warm embrace
You are the purest in the world
You cause pain and anguish
And it is you who steals my life.

When I stroll during the day
My little heart becomes sad
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.

When I stroll at nightfall
My little heart melts like wax
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.

Lisa will you escort me
To place my body in black earth?
I hope you will come, my dear friend
To the graveside where I am going.

Great longing for Lisa Lân.
Great longing for Lisa Lân.

 

Poetic translation:

Full many a time I came to woo,
Oft, Lisa I came a courting you;
I kissed your lips when we did meet,
No honey ever was so sweet

My dainty branch, my only dear,
No woman comes your beauty near;
‘Tis you who with my passion play
‘Tis you who steals my life away

When I go walking through the day,
My lovesick heart will turn to clay,
And but to hear the small birds sing,
The longing to my soul will bring

When’er at eve I walk apart,
Like wax will melt my lovesick heart,
And but to hear the small birds sing,
The longing to my soul will bring

Ah, will you come to bid good-bye,
When in the earth my form must lie?
I hope you too will there be found,
When men shall lay me in the ground

The longing to my soul will bring
The longing to my soul will bring

It’

s a pity though it doesn’t exist on YT in album version, so that even those of you who don’t have Spotify could listen to it fully.

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Song of the day (12th February) – Bendith – Mis Mehefin (June).

Hi guys!!! 🙂

At last I managed to catch up on my blog a bit and pick my songs of the two previous days in which I didn’t post at all. My winter break is over so I had to get into my normal routine and it was a lot going on lately.

So my song for Monday is another of those special songs for me, because of my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, being a part of the musical project who is performing this song. Bendith is the effect of collaboration between two Welsh bands, Plu (I shared one song of them with you not so long ago) and Colorama which is an electro band founded by Carwyn Ellis. Carwyn felt very inspired by what Plu have created and contacted with them asking if they would like to make something together. And the effect, I think, is really interesting. They released their first (and for now the only one) common album, it was also somewhere at the beginning of February. Bendith means “blessing” in Welsh.

As for the song, this is my absolute favourite song of their album. Usually I have a big trouble picking my favourite song from artists I really like, but in this case, “Mis Mehefin” was like my automatic choice. “Mis Mehefin” means “June” in Welsh and the song has the same mystic, soothing, slightly otherworldly, I’d say, climate, as Plu’s music has.

Hope you like it too. 🙂

Song of the day – Y Bandana – Siwgwr Candi Mêl (Sugar Candy Honey) #DMC

Hi! 🙂

Finally, Welsh Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru) has come, which I am very happy about. Well, I listen to music in all “my” languages every or almost every day, so maybe it shouldn’t matter that much for me, but it’s always nice to celebrate, plus it’s always an opportunity to find out some more great music.

The song I want to share with you though, isn’t really very new, or isn’t very new to me. I wondered whether to show you something brand new or something from Gwilym again and decided for the latter, so that soon I will complete my “crush series”.

This song surely isn’t that sophisticated and ambitious as the one I showed you yesterday performed by Plu, but it’s definitely cool, funny and catchy and the only thing these both songs may have in common is the topic. They’re both about love, or actualy this one is more about infatuation, but anyway… It’s called “Siwgwr Candi Mêl” which means sugar candy honey in English and it’s one of the songs on Y Bandana’s debut album.

Y Bandana is another band in which Gwilym Bowen Rhys has taken part, although now it doesn’t exist anymore. Besides Gwilym, who was the frontman of the band, as well as the guitarist and leading vocalist, it consisted of his two cousins – Tomos (founder and keyboardist) and Siôn (bass) Owens – and his friend Robin Llwyd Jones (drums and sound engineering). They all wrote lyrics to diferent songs and Gwilym usualy wrote music, as far as I know. Their lyrics tend to be humourous and they were quite a typical, rock boys band, besides the fact their lyrics were entirely in Welsh.

I really like their music as it is just really cool, I really tend to like rock music in all kinds of “strange” languages and that’s what attracted me to them at first, and now obviously as I am learning Welsh and listening to Welsh music A LOT I like them even more.

There are the lyrics in both Welsh and English on Youtube so I won’t go into it, I think.

Song of the day – Plu – Tra Bo Dau.

Hi! 🙂

Wanted to share with you another song by my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys. I think it is so stunning.

I told you yesterday he’s not only a soloist, but also a part of the Welsh alt-folk band called Plu, which also consists of his two sisters – Elan and Marged. I find their music absolutely beautiful, when I listen to them for a longer time, I just feel as if I stepped into another, not quite material reality or something like this, or as if I was in a calm, beautiful dream. I love their music. I love how Gwilym is versatile by the way, versatility is one of things I appreciate the most in people so I always notice it, anyway there’s a huge difference between the music made by Plu and his own solo music and the music created by his other band – Y Bandana – which was a rock, kinda garrage band.

Although the leader of the band is Elan Mererid Rhys – Gwilym’s oldest sister – and she is the main vocalist, this song is mainly sang by him, as the lyrics are from a man’s perespective.

“Tra Bo Dau” is a traditional Welsh love song, in which lyrical subject tells us about the girl he loves and how he misses her, because she’s overseas.

I saw somewhere that there is also an English equivalent of this song written from a woman’s point of view.

Here’s the song. Isn’t it moving and very sophisticated in the sound as for a love song?

Song of the day – Declan Galbraith – “Strange World”.

Hi all! 🙂

Another quite special piece today. Also from one of my musical crushes. I was on top of this crush in secondary and it was quite intense, in a totally different way than it was with Enya, with Declan it was quite like a typical crush.

Declan Galbraith is from Kent in England, but his dad is Scottish and mum is Irish. He started his career in 2002 when he was only eleven years old. He released his debut album back then and it consisted mainly of covers of more or less popular songs, also a few traditional ones. Actually, each of his albums has quite a different vibe. The second one was released when he was about 15 and was in a similar style, although he sounds more like a teenager on it so that’s what changes the vibe on it. The next album was released a year after when he already underwent voice mutation and this album is a bit more rock-like, but still more pop than rock. Then he had a long break because of studies and stuff and came back two years ago with some demo songs and a new single. And that’s what surprised me in his music the most. First thing is that he started to write his own lyrics. And often they are quite striking, I’d say. And his music style is a bit more, hm, sophisticated, a little bit more alternative. It’s not like a major change, but of this kind you can notice immediately if you’re familiar with his music. I felt somehow relieved because sometimes I felt a bit concerned. I noticed that he has quite a lot of fans who at the same time are fans of people like Bieber or One Direction or such, like my Zofijka, which really annoyed me tbh because I don’t think Bieber’s popularity is really a matter of his talent, but that’s just my personal opinion. So yeah, I was relieved to see that he goes in a slightly different direction and won’t be mixed with globally popular young pop stars. Zofijka also liked Declan and still likes his earlier songs, but when I showed her his single and some of other new songs, she was like meh, that’s not my style at all haha.

He’s not that very popular, actually I think it’s a bit weird but he seems much much more popular in Germany than in UK, which is his motherland. He also has a small bunch of fans in Poland, but really, rather very very small.

The song I wanna share with you is one of Declan’s demo songs that were only published online. It’s called “Strange World” and its lyrics really do speak to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1CCti9YfrI

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